The Pistons plan to work through a buy-out on Jordan’s current two-year, $20 million contract money owed. The Nets will save $47 million in salary on the deal, per ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
ESPN Sources: Brooklyn is trading C DeAndre Jordan, four future-second round picks and $5.78M to Detroit for Jahlil Okafor and Sekou Doumbouya. Pistons plan to work through a buyout on two-years, $20M owed Jordan; Nets will save $47M in salary and tax on deal.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 3, 2021
The Nets recently signed veteran forward Paul Millsap and big man LaMarcus Aldridge after he cleared necessary medical evaluations earlier this week. With less of a need for veteran big-man talent down low, the Nets can use the money saved on Jordan’s contract to go after future mid-level free agent options.
After joining the Brooklyn organization prior to the 2019-20 season, Jordan had a solid year in his first campaign with the team, averaging 8.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. With the arrival of his former Clippers teammate Blake Griffin midway through the 2020-21 season, Jordan’s production dropped to 7.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
In addition to the money saved with this trade, the Nets also receive an exciting young player in Sekou Doumbouya. Selected with the No. 15 pick in the 2019 draft, the 20-year-old power forward has averaged 5.6 points and 2.8 rebounds through 17.3 minutes per game over the last two seasons.
As one of the youngest teams in the NBA, the Pistons should benefit from some veteran leadership in Jordan.
NBA fans and analysts from across the league took to Twitter to react to this trade.
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) September 3, 2021
Saving 47M in this trade is a W alone https://t.co/jWMY5mtg0K
— Myk 👹 (@mykol__) September 3, 2021
I guess they are concerned about tax savings after all. Twitter has been telling me otherwise. https://t.co/fWN4gZjB8a
— Anthony Duckett (@a_duckett) September 3, 2021
Hope things work out for Sekou. Still only 20 years old. https://t.co/rFusUQT4UD
— Rᴏɴ Tᴇʀʀᴇʟʟ (@RonTerrell) September 3, 2021
The Timberwolves had interest in Sekou Duombouya out of the 2019 Draft. They tried trading back in to the late lottery for him after trading up for Culver.
Will be interesting to see if Duombouya stays in Brooklyn or if he’s on the move. https://t.co/AyQHDzJTgd
— Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) September 3, 2021
— Shlomo Sprung (@SprungOnSports) September 3, 2021
Troy Weaver has now completed wiped the Pistons roster he inherited. Sekou Doumbouya is gone.
Detroit is getting four second-round picks to take on DeAndre Jordan’s contract. https://t.co/B4dDBo56VY
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) September 3, 2021
The #Nets had been trying to move DJ for some time, to no avail. They’d tried attaching a first round pick. Finally got done, using seconds and cash, but actually getting a return. #nba https://t.co/BhVcdSq7pA
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) September 3, 2021
Smart move by Brooklyn not going in the direction of a buyout.
Dead cap space (over 5 seasons) is the last thing you want on your cap ledger especially with the repeater tax looming in 2023-24.
Brooklyn can now invest the savings into using the full tax ML and buying picks. https://t.co/tc1OpMJj3u
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) September 3, 2021
The Nets continue to make moves this offseason as they gear up for a title run in 2021-22.